Is India’s Squad good enough to Win the 2024 T20 World Cup?

India enters the 2024 T20 World Cup as the number-one ranked team. But is the squad good enough to win the tournament?

Is India’s Squad good enough to Win the 2024 T20 World Cup f

no cricketer in the national squad played in the IPL final.

As the 2024 T20 World Cup gets underway, India enters as the number-one ranked team.

India face high expectations and intense scrutiny from fans and experts.

Since winning the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, India has been unable to repeat the triumph.

Despite growing wealth, influence and talent, major cricketing trophies have frustratingly eluded Indian cricket.

India has not won an ICC title since the 2013 Champions Trophy.

Despite having three stellar captains (MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma) and two renowned head coaches (Ravi Shastri and Rahul Dravid) delivering excellent results, they have failed to secure another ICC title.

In 2023, India lost the finals of the World Test Championship and ODI World Cup, both times to Australia.

Can India break their jinx and is their squad good enough to go all the way?

How does the IPL play a Part in Team Selection?

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Since the Indian Premier League began in 2008, it has been the top tournament to assess form when selecting the Indian team for T20, and sometimes 50-over, World Cups.

The IPL’s intense competition and pressure test players’ calibre and temperament.

However, India’s T20 World Cup squad based on the 2024 IPL is a confusing one.

For instance, no cricketer in the national squad played in the IPL final.

Rinku Singh, who triumphed with the Kolkata Knight Riders, is not in the main squad, only being part of the travelling reserves.

Shubman Gill also finds himself relegated to the reserves.

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Riyan Parag – who were the top run-scorers after Virat Kohli in the 2024 IPL – are not even in the reserves.

Harshal Patel and Varun Chakravarthy have also been overlooked.

The inclusion, and omission, of certain players raise concerns.

The best Indian performers were Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah.

Kohli’s strike rate was criticised mid-tournament but he silenced doubters with his batting prowess and reaffirmed his status as the world’s best all-format batsman.

Bumrah may have only bagged the third-highest number of wickets, but he remained the most feared.

Despite Mumbai Indians finishing last, Bumrah’s performance was very economical.

With his ODI World Cup success in 2023 and a stellar Test series against England, Bumrah stands alone when it comes to contemporary fast bowlers.

The only other player in this squad comparable to Kohli and Bumrah is Rishabh Pant.

It is not his statistical achievements in IPL 2024 that stand out, but his remarkable return to big-time cricket after a near-fatal injury that had kept him out of the game for almost 18 months.

Pant’s dazzling batting, which has won many matches for India, has re-emerged, which is a promising thing for the World Cup.

Slightly below him is the hard-hitting Shivam Dube, who had a breakout IPL season that compelled the attention of selectors.

But from here, the strength of India’s squad starts to wane.

Sanju Samson, Suryakumar Yadav, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal performed well in IPL 2024 without being exceptional.

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel and Arshdeep Singh had moderate success while Mohammed Siraj struggled during most of the tournament.

With three left-arm spinners and a shaky pace contingent, the bowling attack seems short on paper.

However, the biggest concern revolves around Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya’s poor IPL form.

The controversy surrounding their captaincy transition at Mumbai Indians impacted team cohesion.

Sharma’s explosive batting as an opener is crucial to India’s success, as shown in the ODI World Cup.

Equally vital is Pandya’s all-round prowess as a finisher, pace bowler and skilled fielder. Without Pandya at his best, the team’s balance is compromised.

India’s selectors have largely succeeded in covering all bases and preparing for most contingencies. The depth of talent in Indian cricket makes this possible, even with several star players in questionable form.

The IPL serves as a testing ground for Indian players.

The Indian team will face several players who excelled this IPL season and are now poised to perform for their respective national teams.

T20 World Cup Contenders

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The top contenders for the T20 World Cup include defending champions England, two-time champions West Indies (with home advantage), and Australia, who have shown relentless determination over the past year.

In the eight previous editions of the World Cup, six different countries have triumphed, including Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

This is evidence that reputation holds little significance in this format.

Tenacious teams like Afghanistan can easily upset more experienced sides in white-ball cricket.

Predicting a winner for this World Cup is not only risky but outright foolish. All teams must perform at their peak.

India are placed in the same group as Pakistan in the league stage.

The match between these arch-rivals on June 9 is billed as the “biggest-ever” in cricket history and is expected to draw a global viewership exceeding two billion.

Neither team wants to lose.

However, India, who have historically had the upper hand in ICC tournaments (ODI and T20), must set their sights beyond just winning this contest.

Beating Pakistan will be just a stepping stone. The true test lies in whether they can win the World Cup.

Dhiren is a News & Content Editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".

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